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Feb 1, 2013 3:00pm PST
, too old, too rural, too southern." so how has president obama realigned the political interests of the country? >> partly, there have been independent forces out there like changing demographics. but he's recognized that and he ease's appeal to it. and if you look at the cascade of polling, people look at the big philosophical questions. dealing with income. the role of government. economic fairness. equality for women and minorities, incliesiveness and immigration reform. people are ready to go on that march from seneca falls to selma to stone wall and beyond. and you have a republican party, many strategists recognize the political party that they're in. but maria, i don't think that rove and the republicans understand there's been a huge change in this country. there is a new country, the country has fundamentally changed. yet, rove says republicans don't need to worry. wrote in the wall street journal, mr. obama hasn't fundamentally changed obama's political sfraukture. he goes onto declare that "republicans just have a perception problem with hispanics. a perception problem? d
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 5:00pm PST
right line up to stop him. >> obama is seeking political victory. >> tonight karen finney and e.j. dionne on the president's historic proposal and the republican pushback. >> just remind everybody, obama is not going to be president forever. >>> hillary clinton takes a powerful curtain call at foggy bottom. >> it's really important that women are out there competing at the highest levels of government and business. >> i'll tell you if she dropped any hints about 2016. >>> plus, the sandy bill passes in the senate. but not before 36 republicans totally disgrace themselves. i'll introduce you tonight to the sandy 36. >>> and it's a modern-day civil rights struggle between workers and management in the state of mississippi. i'll tell you why these nissan employees say they're being denied a voice in the workplace. good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching there is more hope tonight for 11 million people who are currently living in fear. >> i'm here today because the time has come for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform. the time has come. now is the time
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 11:00pm PST
, start ripping at the skin? i know politics. i don't know this politics. obama's the president. he will be for four years. he's the guy who will make the calls politically until 2016. is this about just attacking democrats? is this about trying to convince her, mrs. clinton, not to run? if so, it might just be the easiest way to guarantee she runs. don't you think? neera tanden is a former policy director to hillary clinton, and ron reagan is an msnbc political analyst. both of you are good people to have on right now. i want to get a comment from neera, and i want a gut reaction. this disgusting attack, the back benchers, each one of these nuts, they are nutty in their behavior, hannity, "the new york post" with the disgusting front page today, rush limbaugh with his usual feminine nazi nonsense coming out. do you think this will make secretary clinton more likely to run for president or less likely that all the jackals are attacking her. >> i don't think rush limbaugh or any of these people will have a dime's bit of difference on hillary clinton. she has been dealing with their ilk fo
MSNBC
Jan 28, 2013 3:00pm PST
political conquest than a political compromise. >> pity party. table for one, please. the gop is stuck on this one. the president obamas trying to destroy the gop. trying to shove them into the dust pan of history. here's a hint. president obama doesn't need to do that. republicans are doing it just fine all by themselves. for all their bluster about change, gop leaders insist on no overall at all is needed. one gop official everyone says "we don't need a new pair of shoes, we just need to shine our shoes. shine their shoes? that's not goods enough. republicans need to try walking in someone else's shoes for a change. because for all of their talk about out reach to women, the rnc just approved a resolution. calling on congress to defunct planned parenthood with no objections. and while support for women's rights to choose is at an all-time high. here's what speaker boehner says is his fundamental goal. >> with all the mistakes, it's becoming more and more important for us to share the truth with our young people and encourage them to lock arms, speak out for life and help make a
MSNBC
Jan 28, 2013 2:30am PST
" in new york city. >>> in a rare joint interview on cbs's "60 minutes," president obama sat alongside his departing secretary of state, hillary clinton, a one-time political rival who he now describes as one of his close advisors. she says she won't have a run in 2016. neither obama nor clinton were eager to look that far ahead. >> what's the -- i have to ask you, what's the date of the expiration on this endorsement. >> steve, i know -- >> i have to ask that question. i mean, come on. you're sitting here together. everybody in town is talking about it already and the interview -- and this is taking place. >> you know, steve, i've got to tell you, you guys in the press are incore ridgeable. i was literally inaugurated four days ago and you're talking about elections four years from now. >> and i am, as you know, steve, i'm still in politics and i'm forbidden from hearing these. >> if she wants this job, it will be interesting. on foreign policy, president obama defending himself from critics who say the u.s. has not been aggressive enough in using american power abroad. >>> well, moam
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 4:00pm PST
with obama? why can't politics be a matter of belief and honest disagreement, not hatred? why the sick little intramurals we saw today? we begin with senator jeanne shaheen of new hampshire. i want you to watch this back-and-forth between john mccain and the witness today, chuck hagel. let's take a look. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> my -- >> yes or no. >> my reference -- >> can you answer the question, senator hagel? the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well -- >> i would like to answer whether you were right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer -- >> well, let the record show you refused to answer this question. now, please go ahead. >> if you would like me to explain why -- >> i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. i think it's far more complicated than that, as i have alrea
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 2:00am PST
merkel. >>> now here's your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. chris christie praised president obama's response to hurricane sandy and he says they had a fun chat at the white house later about how much money the government would give to the victims in new jersey. >>> on monday, governor christie sits down with david letterman. he's been known to make jokes about christie's weight. he says he hopes they're funny. mitt romney's campaign donated $90,000 to the red cross to help victims of soup storm sandy. geraldo riff yar is considering a run for the senate in new jersey in 2014. so that could become a race against newark mayor corey booker who already said he's interested in running for the democratic nomination for that same senate seat. >>> the federal election commission reports that president obama raised over $738 million for the 2012 campaign. final pricetag for the entire 2012 election totals $7 billion. that's a new high. >>> but a new poll says trusting government is at a new low. 53% of americans say they believe the federal government threatened the
MSNBC
Jan 27, 2013 5:00am PST
this ruling, let's put this back on the obama administration again. so there's the political piece with congress and there's george bush, but here's what the obama administration can and should do. they're in the position to decide whether they are going to appeal this court ruling about conspiracy, right, the nonwar crimes, crimes. >> in which a court vacated a conviction. >> the obama administration should not appeal that conviction -- that decision because what that would do is it would move that whole process forward. it would give them a political footing to say, look, either we are a rule of law presidency or we are not and we have to abide by this. let's shift these trials to civilian courts and take the political heat on these things. we'll still get immigration passed, we'll still get gun control passed, but the state of our democracy, the foundation of our democracy rests on these next few days. >> i interviewed in january a famous detainee at guantanamo because of one of the most supreme court cases bears his name. when we come back, i want to play a little clip to remin
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 9:00am PST
obama for the polarized political climate zoosh i think instead of trying to bring people together was a manifesto for, hey, it's my way or the highway. i don't think that's necessarily productive. >> we will get a reality check on the grand ole party's grand ole problems next on "now." excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. >> what do you think the party must do better? where do we go in the future? this is your chance to make your voice heard, and we're listening. >> as the rnc begins its annual winter meeting in charlotte, chairman is soliciting ideas on how to renew, grow, and win. mretco reports that he will tell attendees tomorrow that "growing the party to be more
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 6:00pm PST
as the obama campaign turns its campaign apparatus into a political effort to try to marshal support for some of the president's political priorities, they may try to work on this issue. they may essentially try to turn their campaign apparatus loose on both immigration reform and on the issue of gun reform. do you think that this is the kind of issue on which a grassroots effort like that could be particularly effective? >> it's the only way that this gets done in the end. listen, i wish this weren't about politics, but it is, right? this is ultimately going to really come down to a question for republicans in the house of representatives. i think we can get something strong through the senate. but in the house republicans are going to have to decide whether they're going to pay a political price for standing with the gun manufacturers and against millions of families across this country who want to get this done. so we are going to need a massive national grassroots effort, and we are also going to have to make republicans understand that the nra, who they have long feared, who the
MSNBC
Jan 26, 2013 12:00am PST
hear them anymore, because they are political hacks and liars. president obama worst socialist ever. >>> let me tell you in advance, i plan to talk about the big picture tonight, and i plan to say some things that may challenge your assumptions. >> governor bobby jindal promises a burn burner. >> no, the republican party does not need to change our principles. >> but must have forgotten the matches. karen finney and gene robinson on the gop's rebrand failure. >>> republican senator saxby chambliss calls it quits. we'll give him a special goodbye. >>> wall street got the bailout. homeowners and taxpayers got shafted. mike papantonio of the national trial lawyers association tells us how the department of justice has failed on assignment. t whenp in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and h
MSNBC
Jan 26, 2013 9:00am PST
political spotlight really. so it's a good thing for president obama. it allows the two of them to come together and make that argument as she made that they're really above politics here. >> morris, no matter what she does there's going to be speculation about what does this mean for 2016. do you read anything into this joint interview having to do with her possibility of running a few years down the road? >> yeah. for sure. >> t.j., i just feel good when i see a unified strong democratic party. it makes democrats feel good. we know we don't always have the situation. as my friend susan knows. but this is a strong message that this is a job well done. it's a shift going into governing. there will be another shift between obama and clinton when she starts to run for president. so this is just the appropriate way to handle it. it feels very good as a democrat to see them together. >> what about joe though, morris? what about joe? what if he decides to get into the race in 2016? >> i think they'll find something else to do in 2016. >> all right. well susan, what do you think? and aga
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 2:00am PST
to clear the senate. >> another issue that we're watching out of d.c., president obama saying there is "no doubt that immigration reform and gun bills will get passed this year." folks have to say has the political climate changed that much? >> it certainly has, especially on immigration. you know, when the republicans look at the election results of 2012, you know, obama carried over 7-10 hispanic voters. the tide changed on that. you're seeing now, you know, senators michael rubio, senator john mccain, republicans are making an urgent plea to pass comprehensive reform, something that, you know, maybe even a year ago was seemed pretty unlikely or possible given the hard line stance that we saw republicans adopt in the 2012 presidential primary. so definitely a new urgency on part of the gop. >> the president seems to have good polling numbers. sean sullivan, thank you so much from "the washington post" today. >>> here's a first look at news going on around america. nasa launching a satellite into orbit from florida. this new equipment will improve communication with the internation
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 12:00am PST
political force, which helped put president obama in the white house twice. let's turn to leo gerard, president of the united steelworkers international organization. mr. gerard good to have you with us tonight. >> good to be here. >> is this an issue that is going to help the labor force in this country? if you have 11 million workers come out of the shadows -- and let's face it, well over in the 90% have got to be, they're not all felons is the point i'm making. how is this going to help the labor movement in this country? >> look, these are primarily good people that came to america in search of the american dream, in search of a better standard of living. if you go back to the days of when we were told about nafta, we were told nafta would solve the immigration issue from mexico, but in reality what it did is depress mexican wages, depress mexican opportunity. and those people came here in search of a better life. so what we've been fighting, the labor movement has been fighting for proper immigration reform now for going on almost 20 years. and i think this is going to be a trem
MSNBC
Jan 28, 2013 3:00am PST
reid's democratic senate won't touch. this political negligence suggests that obama has chosen to ignore negative budget projections, credit downgrades, falling revenues and perpetual increases in mandatory spending. instead, the president is teeing up partisan legislative battles with republicans in hopes of -- but as a measurement of the president's seriousness, his second inaugural address can only be seen as a grand failure that missed yet another historic opportunity to call americans together in the name of shared sacrifice. and richard haass, there is another opportunity, which would be the state of the union which i'm sort of banking on. >> traditionally inaugurals are the poetry, and then the state of the union becomes the prose. and the president did not prepare for educate the american people about some of the tough decisions to come, particularly on medicare and medicaid. so the real question going forward for the state of the union is whether he essentially addresses that. and whether he -- because we've still got more than, i think, more than $2 trillion in serious c
MSNBC
Jan 28, 2013 1:00am PST
ago, president obama himself publicly said that the ryan proposal on medicare was serious and legitimate. the president is playing -- and not the republicans aren't. they play a lot of politics. but the president is playing politics too. when i talked to the president six months ago about medicare, he said the spending trajectory is untenable. and so he knows there needs to be a fix in this area. and what's the shame in all of this is that they can't kind of sit down and work it out, because, you know, if you were the negotiator up at camp david, you'd be able to do it. >> well, one of the problems is they're not at camp david. they are not sitting down together. but the state of the union i think should not be viewed as -- rather the inaugural address should not be viewed as a state of the union speech. this is not the place where he was laying it out. i'm told by white house officials that he put on the table for medicare is still on the table. he wants to negotiate it. and i think paul ryan will be leading the republican side on where they go on this. there are going to be
MSNBC
Jan 23, 2013 6:00pm PST
some political advantage over the obama administration, over hillary clinton in particular over the attack in benghazi, what ended up looming unexpectedly large over these proceedings was how benghazi is not an unprecedented thing. the state department has had its personnel and its facilities in danger and facing different kinds of attack over and over and over and over again for decades all over the world. and the attempted political acrimony of today's hearing ended up kind of dead-ending today whenever secretary clinton would bring back what congress does not see as a priority does not see the safety that work at the state department and the resources to ensure that safety. and yes, there is a political agenda to be driven, always, always. but in terms of steps necessary to protect people, so far hillary clinton made the case today that congress has been against it, specifically right now, members of the republican-controlled house have been against it. >> we have asked the congress to help us real locate funds. the senate has given us that authority. we don't yet have it from th
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 5:00pm PST
have been reacting to cbs news political director john dickerson, who said president obama should "go for the throat." republicans are now more paranoid than ever. speaker boehner is basically whining like a coach who's had the score run up on him. i mean, boehner has a little less swagger than he did two years ago when he took over the house with this wave of tea party republicans, but what a difference a couple of years makes. president obama is not the only one who benefits from contrasting himself with the republican party. governors like chris christie and bobby jindal take occasional shots at their own party and look almost mainstream by comparison. for the record, white house press secretary jay carney said today that the president believes a strong two-party system is the foundation of our democracy. let's bring in msnbc political analyst richard wolffe and vice president and executive editor of msnbc.com. richard, great to have you on always. >> thanks, ed. >> no one, including president obama, has the power to shove the gop into the dustbin of history unless they of course d
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 3:00pm PST
political realignment underway in this country. and wliel obama realigns, the republicans are in decline. and they really have three choices. one of which they've seenl to have already gotten rid of. secondly, they can destabilize the economy. that's what they tried to do for years moving up toward the 2012 election. it didn't work. but i think they might try it again. paul ryan on meet the press last sunday sounded very interesting in letting the sequestration go into effect, which we saw today would have bad effects on the economy. third, in lincoln's phase, they could disenthrall themselves. but when you look at what happened to marco rubio in the last day, senator david vitter of louisiana called him amazingly naive. i think the republican party is trapped between what it has to do to succeed and survive and its tea party elements which are going to ghand purity. >> now when you look at cynthia, the fact that american people say clearly that any number opposed support the president's agenda, 53% support same-sex marriage, 62% support a path to citizenship for immigrants. 80% say clim
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 10:00pm PST
flagrantly brandishing their second amendment rights at political events, specifically gun toting events for president obama, showing up in campaign events in new hampshire and elsewhere, with their guns on display. and it was the gun rights groups trying to out do the nra with more inflammatory retroactive, today, wayne lapierre and the nra were determined not to allow any gun rights fanatics to sound crazier than wayne lapierre. joining me now, msnbc's krystal ball, and krystal, it seems to me that the tea party has had its effect on the nra, nudging them even further into the crazy season. >> yes, it seems to be. the nra is an elitist group, sending out the anecdotes, what you heard gail trotter remark about, they questions their membership that obama and the democrats want to come for their guns. and that has worked for a long time. but what we're seeing now, i think what we're seeing today is the death of a caricature, that stuff worked for so long. but what are we talking about? assault weapons ban, background checks for everyone. all of that makes reasonable sense to a lot
MSNBC
Jan 28, 2013 8:00am PST
everybody talking. president obama's joint sit-down with outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton. was it his official nod for her potential 2016 run? >> there's no political tea leaves to be read here? >> we don't have any tea. we've got some water here, the best i can tell. but, you know, this has been just the most extraordinary honor. >> is this payback for, let's say, bill clinton? doing such a great job for the obama campaign? >> it would have covered up the awkward fact that they're setting her up for, you know, a presidential run if they broke some news. >> i love joe biden. i think he's earned a shot at it. but if hillary clinton wants to run how do you stand in the way of history? >> joining me now is msnbc and nbc latino contributor, victoria soto. fellow at the university of texas. great to have you here in person. let's jump in to explain to everybody the bipartisan framework. there are eight different sections. let's go over the first four. contingent on securing border and combatting visa oversay, increase surveillance equipment and agents at border, require complet
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 2:00pm PST
. >>> coming up, would president obama rather get a deal done on immigration or let the issue fester who she republicans continue to get run at the polls by latino voters? this is "hardball," the place for politics. textile production in spain, and the use of medical technology in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. and these come together, one thing you can depend on is that these will come together. delicious and wholesome. some combinations were just meant to be. tomato soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. duvall patrick has named a place holder to fill the senate seat of john terry. he'd be the second african-american in the senate. tim scott of south carolina, another appointee is the other. it's the first time in history that two african-americans have s
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 1:00pm PST
movement in american politics, but now they are the whining movement in american politics. their entire indictment of barack obama is, he's mean! that's pathetic. >> right. >> are you serious? >> yes, she is serious, ron. we just saw one of our fellow conservatives talking about the president's plan to outlaw fox news. actually all the president pointed out and i'm quoting was that if a republican member of congress is not punished by fox news or by rush limbaugh for working with a democrat on a bill of common interest, then you'll see more of them doing it. which i don't know, ron, sounds pretty obvious to me, but are you also losing sleep at night because you're afraid the president wants to take away your fox news and your guns? >> you know, i'm very happy to come on msnbc and say thank god for fox news. the fact of the matter is without fox news we'd still think that benghazi, that that attack, that terrorist attack happened because of a video. without katherine and special report and the hard news people. by the way, they have more hard news people than msnbc, cnn, and everybody el
MSNBC
Jan 23, 2013 10:00pm PST
obama continuation message? i mean, she is her own political entity. this is a continuation of clintonism. >> i agree, i thought all the blind quotes sounded to me like joe biden people trying to sound like they could be anyone's people. i don't think if you're hillary clinton there is an issue about a private conversation. if you're hillary clinton and you want to go out there and do it, you will go out there, and crush who is in the primary, joe biden or cuomo, up need to. it seems much more of a joe biden-type argument, saying obviously we'll coordinate and work out. >> karen finney, joe biden is a great vice president, it is a job that is hard to be great at. he has found a way to be great at. is there any way he could be talked into it doing it for 16 years. >> the longest serving vice president in history. >> are you suggesting the joe biden-hillary clinton ticket? i had that thought today. he has actually made the role of vice president in the way i think she has re-made the role of secretary of state. i think the country would do well to have those two. i think we shoul
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 5:00pm PST
then compete with president obama in terms of the public's attention. and by the way, saying that you have no intention of running is meaningless in politics. i went back and looked at an old chicago magazine article from 2006 in which barack obama was quoted in 2004 saying he wouldn't run and in 2006 saying he had no intention of running for president. >> the thing that i would be excited about is that hillary clinton would be the perfect democrat to move the health care pendulum even further where most americans want it to go. she is an advocate of universal health care, if you can get it there, which i think would be absolutely the best thing for the country. here she is at a town hall when she was asked about her future plans. this is interesting. >> i do want to see more women compete for the highest positions in their countries. and i will do what i can, whether or not it is up to me to make a decision on my own future. i right now am not inclined to do that. but i will do everything i can to make sure that women compete at the highest levels not only in the united states, b
MSNBC
Jan 23, 2013 11:00pm PST
decline in the way obama's will decline over the next year. hillary clinton will be off safe somewhere not political skin in the game. >> look, it may hurt him in a general election, but i would say joe biden would be thrilled to have to worry about a 2016 general election. i do think guns, if he can do something, helps him. helps with the inside crowd. and i do think -- if you would ask joe biden today, hey, joe. and it wasn't on television, are you running for president you know what he'd say? yes. and i don't think he would pause. >> although hillary clinton is formidable. it's "saturday night live." it's the parodies. >> that's right. >> those guys, they decide to caricaturize you, you're dead. hillary clinton came across today as presidential. listen to her. >> today after four years in this job, traveling nearly a million miles, visiting 112 countries, my faith in our country and our future is stronger than ever. every time that blue and white airplane carrying the words united states of america touches down in some far-off capital, i feel again the honor it is to repre
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 10:00am PST
was in question, and it was in part because of political decisions that had been made prior to the obama administration, but also because of the economic crisis and the feeling that somehow america had caused this, and so part of the responsibility i had was to go out, fly the flag, restore that confidence, make it clear that our leadership was intact, to set the table for the pivot to asia, to dealing with the arab revolution, to restoring really close relationships with our partners in europe, looking to enhance the neighborhood in latin america, and on so many issues, whether it was putting together international coalitions with iran and north korea, figuring out what to do with libya that would bring an unprecedented coalition between arab and nato countries, or whether it was just looking down the road at how we were doing diplomacy and introducing new tools into that mix, it was a very different time than ten, 20, 30, 40 years ago. i've kidded our mutual friend, henry kissinger, think how impossible it would have been for him to sneak off to china in the age of cell phones, t
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 11:00pm PST
. maybe they won't occur but his show will. this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> senate republican leader mitch mcconnell famously vowed to make barack obama a one-term president, and now mcconnell finds some tough sledding in his own bid for re-election. a new poll by the louisville carrier journal finds just 17% of kentucky voters, about 1 in 6, plan to support the senator when he runs for re-election. not a good start, mitch. twice as many say they're going to vote against him. again, not a good start, senator. and to make things worse for mcconnell, democratic groups on the left if there are any in kentucky are vowing to work with tea party groups on the right to oust him during the republican party. primary. they're going to double-team this guy. good luck there, mitch. we'll be right back. >>> welcome back to "hardball." anybody who watches "hardball" knows i love politics. another thing i love are movies and tv shows about politics, and i can't remember a time when there were more great films and shows to choose from. look at this. "lincoln," "argo," all on the sb
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 9:00pm PST
were asked, what is the single greatest accomplishment of president obama's first term in office, killing bin laden came in second. what came in first was ending the iraq war. better than bin laden. but the remaining diehard enthusiasts for the iraq war, whose political careers survived even the end of that war, have an obvious self-referential reason to try to make the country believe that there is no real lesson learned from iraq, that in fact it was an awesome idea and anyone against it has explaining to do about being against it. with bitter party of one john mccain taking point for the republican party on this, that weirdly revisionist agenda about iraq today became the centerpiece of how they are trying to stop the defense secretary nomination of john mccain's old friend chuck hagel. i do not think the country's going to go along with him on this. but you can kind of see why they'd want to try to do it, right? joining us now is steve clemons with the new america foundation. steve writes at the "atlantic" magazine where he's washington editor at large. steve thanks so much f
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 1:00pm PST
interesting. he's been referred to as the republican barack obama. i don't know about that particular analogy, but clearly his bona fides as a political thinker were established in the ivy league and he seems to be, at least according to dana's chronically of his career, very, very shrewd. i would say in addition to him being an operator, he is also an identify l ideologue. i think he's going to have to smarten up a little biabout the direction the tea party is going to continue to go in terms of its vise grip control over the republican party because i'm not sure that can hold through immigration reform, through the series of different financial fiscal debt talks that have to occur. i think he will be smart in what he does. he has eclipsed palin. he's an ideologue in such a way that his charisma is not sort of dwarfed by that. his charisma shines through even though he has a right wing ideolo ideology. very complicated and interesting character and obviously we're going to be seeing a lot more of him. >> as you mention, i do think he presents himself with -- you can tell he's got sor
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 9:00am PST
, and former obama money bunny, the man with a very long title bill burton. >> a lot of hats. >> a lot of hats. politico congressional reporter jake sherman is making his debut with us. msnbc political analyst and former dnc communications drishgt karen finney is here, and mother jones washington bureau chief david corn. channelling the spirit of rick perry, will the republican party finally have a heart when it comes to immigration? president obama is en route to las vegas where he will outline his immigration priorities just hours from now which comes amid signs of bipart sfwlan agreement on the issue in the senate. for senate leaders it has been a swift path from this attitude -- >> drug and human smuggling, home invasions, murder. >> we're outmanned. with all the illegals in america, more than half come through arizona. >> complete the dang fence. >> to this attitude. >> we have been too content for too long to allow individuals to mow our lawn, serve our food, clean our homes, and even watch our children while not affording them any of the benefits that make our country so gre
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Jan 31, 2013 2:30am PST
after his major speech on immigration in las vegas, president obama sat down for interviews with spanish language networks saying he hopes to have reform laws in place by the end of the year. >> really, the issue here is not so much technical as it is political. it's a matter of republicans and democrats coming together and finding a meeting of the minds and then making the case. and, you know, i'm hopeful that this can get done and i don't think that it should take many, many months. i think is something that we should be able to get done certainly this year and i'd like to see if we can get it done sooner in the first half of the year if possible. >> the president's proposals follow recommendations from a bipartisan group of eight senators. nar favor of a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented workers in the country. but only after strengthening the nation's borders. he said his administration has been working hard on border security. >> i make no apologies for us enforcing the law as well as the work that we've done to strengthen border security. as a consequence, we'
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Jan 29, 2013 9:00pm PST
and social argument for why we need to fix the problem is the exact same for president obama today as it was in 2011. and frankly, that it was before that from him. what has changed is his political assessment, that what he wanted for the country before but he could not get, now he is going to get. now it is possible. policy-wise, he has stayed in exactly the same place for all of this time. what has moved is the republicans. >> now the good news is that for the first time in many years, republicans and democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together. at this moment, it looks like there is a genuine desire to get this done soon. and that's very encouraging. but this time action must follow. i'm here today because the time has come for commonsense comprehensive immigration reform. the time is now. now is the time. now is the time. now is the time. >> si se puede! si se puede! >> now is the time. >> according to washington, he is right. according to washington, now apparently is the time. not because the president's policy proposals or the problem itself have changed one iota fr
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Jan 28, 2013 6:00am PST
talent. she also was already a world figure. >> in many ways this was obama pulling frankly a bill clinton, a politically shrewd move, all about the clintons and hillary ace political future. the joke is whether vice president joe biden has been peeled off the ceiling yet but on what may have been the more interesting obama interview published this weekend, the president talked gun control, the future of both parties and football with the "new republic" as they tried to relaunch. the president acknowledged getting gun control through congress will be tough and said "if you group up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were 10 and you spent the day whim and your uncle and that became part of i don't are family traditions, you can see why you would be protective of that." ask if he ever fired a gun, the president went as far to say up at camp david we do skeet shooting all the time. the president will meet with law enforcement officials across america. it's looking more and more like by the way, that a background check bill is the vehicle that is most likely to get through
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Jan 25, 2013 1:00pm PST
. i think at the end of the day it will be the big test of the new obama paradigm, which is to go outside the beltway, build pressure out the beltway, and make the republican obstructionists pay a severe political price for obstructing what is a strong american voter public sentiment in favor of doing these common sense gun rules. >> toure, to julian's point, dianne feinstein introduced her bill, which is an assault weapons ban bill. as we saw in the latest polls, there's broad support, 58% for this. support among gun owning households is 45%. let's hear jay carney on the bill itself. take a listen to jay. >> the president supports renewal of the assault weapons ban. he supports addressing or limiting the magazine capacity of ammunition -- the capacity of ammunition clips. the fact that they're hard, some harder than others, doesn't mean we shouldn't move forward on them. >> is that the acknowledgment of what julian was just saying, that in a sense they're going for everything, but if they've got to get it through the house, they're more likely to get some kind of rul on high capa
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Feb 1, 2013 10:00am PST
100,000 jobs. >> never mind, right? >> i think we should all take one big step back politically and say let's wait and see what the revisions are, but, yeah, you're right, andrea. i mean, i think president obama can now go back and say look at the fourth quarter of 2012. things are starting to work. one interesting note, though, his inaugural address got lots and lots of attention. one thing that wasn't really in there in any specificity was the economy. it's a way forward on how she thinks the next right steps or what he thinks the next right steps are on the economy. there's some sort of gray area here in where he wants to head. >> now, before we get to chuck hagel, the sort of train wreck that happened yesterday, ruth marcus, the white house is coming out or hhs is coming out with new rules to liberalize the guidelines so that religious institutions are somewhat insulated, somewhat more insulateded. first of all, they're going to more broadly define religious institutions. also, give a separate provider so that the religious institutions themselves don't have to provide birth control
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Jan 30, 2013 1:00pm PST
... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. >>> president obama has outlined a second term agenda that requires changing minds in washington. on gun regulation and immigration, the president has to turn some intangible political capital into results on the hill. first off an upbeat inauguration, the president not only has high favorability ratings. that has made some conservatives pretty nervous. >> i don't know that there's any stopping this. it's up to me and fox news. and i don't think fox news is that invested in this. but there's not -- i don't think there's any republican opposition to this of any majority consequence of size. we'll have to wait and see and find out. >> so far so good for immigration reformers, but today some card carrying members of the conservative media establishment came to rush's rescue. national review released a major resistance and criticism of this immigration deal. in a lead editorial titled "a pointless amnesty" the magazine says it's far from obvious there should be a path to citizenship. the editorial also casts a policy debate over undocumented
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Feb 1, 2013 3:00am PST
people in the white house are experts at calculating president obama's political interest. and they're going to say, you know, how is this going to go? and they're also experts at looking at the question, and they will relook at it, is chuck hagel the right person for this job? because we may be going into four years of foreign policy and defense dust-ups and serious confrontations. this, arguably, is the most important cabinet appointment. as we learned in the susan rice non-nomination for secretary of state, they're willing in the white house to say, now, wait a minute. this isn't working out. this may not be the right person. and take that short-term hit. i think the real issue is how does the white house really look at it? i think now they're just going to wait it out. but time may not be on their side. >> chuck, it's donny. i want to go back to something you said about running the mock hearing. >> yeah. >> he could -- and i'd like to know what the white house's position or response to this is. you literally could have prepped him in seven minutes. there are basically three respons
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Jan 30, 2013 9:00am PST
you've got rick perry and jan brewer and others on there, then they have no political incentive to ever say the border is secure. the fact is, when president bush was reelected in 2004, there were 10,000 border patrol agents along the border. today with president obama, there are 21,000. no president in american history has committed as many resources and as much manpower to securing the border as this president has, so those measurements need to be objective and they can't be left to the subjective whims of folks who don't have a political incentive to say the border is secure. >> before we let you go, congressman, we know democrats are mobilizing efforts to turn texas blue. what do you think of those efforts? are we getting closer to cobalt? >> i think we are. i think the republican party in texas especially, quite frankly, has gone off the rails. you have the hard right that now controls the party in texas as their elected leaders, so there are many of us working very hard who believe that the interests and the values of everyday texans are not served by the people, by the republican
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 6:00am PST
mean, it's one thing to have cars from the 1950s. it's another thing when your whole political ideology is coming out, is 50 or 60 years old and it's been proven not to work. >> does the travel ban stay in place for the entire second term of obama? we'll see. >>> well, we're just a few minutes away now from the start of chuck hagel's confirmation hearing. we're going to bring that to you live as soon as it starts. plus, another one of president obama's cabinet picks hits a little bit of a bump in the road. democrats publicly criticizing cia nominee, john brennan. my gaggle's going to join me next early as we prepare for hagel and other stuff. first, a look ahead at the president's schedule. a quiet day for him on the record, with the focus on chuck hagel. but vice president biden, by the way, goes up to capitol hill to meet with senate democrats on guns. you're watching "the daily rundown," only on msnbc. people love our potpourri parties. it's a smell of a good time. this is the juniper! oh that is magical. [ male announcer ] when you combine creamy velveeta with zesty rotel t
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Jan 25, 2013 7:00pm PST
." of course, the senior republican was not named because no political figure would want to attach their name to such a shameless quote. so here is how the massive shifting would work, there is legislation moving in three states that went for president obama in november. in virginia, president obama received 51% of the popular vote. and all 13 of virginia's electoral votes, winner take all. under the change proposed by republican state senator charles caricco, which is expected to be voted on next week in the state committee, president obama would have received four electoral votes from the four districts he won, mitt romney, seven electoral votes from the districts he won, plus the two at large votes for winning the most districts. that means barack obama who won 51% of the popular vote in virginia would get 31% of the electoral votes, and mitt romney who won 48%, a minority of the popular vote in virginia would get 69% of its electoral votes. in michigan, president obama got 54% of the popular vote, and all 16 of the state's electoral votes under the change presented, president o
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Jan 24, 2013 2:30am PST
perspective politically. kerry served as president obama's mock debate partner during his re-election campaign. but he has pressured the administration at times urging the white house last year to speed up with the draul of u.s. troops from afghanistan. kerry was also influential in the administration's decision to intervene in libya. in case you forgot from his 2004 bid for the white house, he is one of the wealthiest members of the senate. he and wife teresa, heir to the heinz ketchup fortune are worth $180 million with a wide range of investments. in a letter to the state department legal adviser, kerry said he will divest any holdings that could be a conflict of interest within 90 days of being confirmed. he'll be introduced to day about the the current secretary hillary clinton. >>> today's appearance expected to take on a much different tone than the tough questioning she faced yesterday about the deadly attack against the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> when you're in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on. number one. >> rail
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